Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by kylebarber on January 2, 2001

The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is perhaps not as spectacular as the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle or as unique of an adventure as the neighboring Nortwest Trek, but it has a lot to recommend of itself. The marine mammals in particular are fun to observe, and many zoogoers will be intrigued to see the small beluga whales up close. They look more like porpoises or dolphins due to their small size and they seem as curious as those man loving creatires.

I particularly like the polar bears who seem gentle and harmless, but could easily kill a man with one swipe of the paw. Inside their seemingly large pen they are given free reign to walk around and take a splash in the pool. But I think these wandering creatures are frustrated by having nowhere new to go day after day.

The zoo is located in Point Defiance Park, which has other sights worth checking out such as Fort Niqually, and has some beautiful grounds for casual day hiking.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N Pearl Street
Tacoma, Washington, 98407
(253) 591-5337


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